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In need of an innings eater, the Twins have signed 30 year old, knuckleballer Charlie Zink to a minor league contract and assigned him to AAA Rochester. There was an open spot on the roster.
In 2008, Zink was the International League Pitcher of the Year. He went 14-6 with a 2.84 ERA in 174 innings. He even got one start with the Boston Red Sox, the organization he had played for since signing as an undrafted free agent in 2002. 2009 was not a good year for the knuckler. He went 6-15 with a 5.59 ERA.
The Red Wings definitely need someone who can eat some innings for them. Zink can do that. I know some will be disappointed that they didn’t promote anyone from New Britain to fill a role, but in reality, there isn’t anyone with the Rockcats that is ready for Rochester. David Bromberg has been excellent through three starts, but he is much too good of a prospect to push too quickly. The same can be said for all of the Rockcats starters. And, with innings-filler being a need, you don’t want to promote a one or two inning guy from AA either. So, I think this signing makes a lot of sense.
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